It is really easy to neglect your daily oral care while traveling. Spending an entire day in the car, running from one bus stop to another, or waiting the whole afternoon in the check-in line at an airport – all these activities that cannot be avoided while traveling make it really easy for us to forget to brush our teeth, not to mention flossing. However, poor oral hygiene can lead to many health conditions, including heart problems, and we don’t want our dream vacation to ruin our health, do we?
Also, visiting a dentist in a foreign country might turn out to be extremely costly and ruin our holiday memories as well. That is why it is important to follow some simple tips that will help you maintain discipline and keep your smile healthy and white for longer.
Carry your toothbrush at all times
Quick pit stop at a gas station to use the toilet? Why not use this opportunity to brush your teeth as well? You can opt for a smaller toothbrush that you can carry in your pocket. You can also find foldable toothbrushes in some stores. If you like to use a toothbrush holder, make sure it has holes that will keep your toothbrush ventilated and dry. As dentists from San Diego dental clinic Bajars & Bajars point out, excess moisture will lead to bacteria buildup.
Also, look for mini bottles of toothpaste and mouthwash designed specifically for travel enthusiasts. Don’t skip flossing! Carry dental floss in your hand luggage and stick to your daily flossing routine.
If you really have no way of brushing your teeth, pack some chewing gum or mints to prevent bad breath. A tongue scraper will also help you with that, as well as it will remove most of the bacteria buildup in your mouth. Remember you will still need to brush your teeth thoroughly as soon as it is possible.
Watch what you eat and drink
When you have limited access to the bathroom and cannot brush your teeth soon after eating, it is especially important to avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages. It is difficult to refuse sweet snacks on the road but they can really damage your teeth and cause decay.
If your hotel offers only sweet continental breakfasts, try to bring your own food or find a place that will offer fresh healthy food that will promote strong, white teeth, such as eggs or milk.
Instead of alcohol and sodas, try to drink more water. Green tea is also a great choice, as it helps prevent cavities and gum disease.
Visit a dentist
Before packing and taking off, visit your local dentist to avoid any emergencies during the holidays. Plan ahead so that you have enough time for another visit prior to your trip in case your teeth need any treatment. Remember that dental care might be really costly abroad. Plus, toothache can ruin your chances of having the time of your life while exploring new places and relaxing on sandy beaches.
Also, keep in mind that it is advised not to fly within 24 hours of having had serious dental work, especially tooth extraction.
If you follow these simple tips your mouth will feel healthy and refreshed for the entire vacation. Enjoy your holiday and don’t forget to smile!